The southern Brazilian city of Foz de Iguacu is hosting the Conservative Summit of the Americas, where the far-right Brazilian senator Eduardo Bolsonaro is bringing together conservative leaders, as well as those from the far-right movement, from around the region. During the meeting the son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro offered the South American giant as a potential headquarters for a "tribunal" to judge the "communist dictatorships" of the continent.
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The Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, pledged Saturday to "consolidate" Latin America's "new political line" that "was born" in last October's elections when the far-right politician was elected, and to unite to combat communism in the region.
Bolsonaro addressed his message to the so-called "Conservative Summit of the Americas", organized by one of his sons, Eduardo Bolsonaro, which brought together representatives from a dozen countries in the region.
The meeting intends to oppose the continents' National and Popular governments that have brought millions of people out of poverty in Latin America during the last decade. But for the far-right this is unacceptable and in that sense for Eduardo Bolsonaro, "Latin America gets together to say no to socialism, not to the Sao Paulo Forum, we will not be the next Venezuela."
The Conservative Summit of the Americas has united right-wing figures of the region, Olavo de Carvalho from Brazil, Orlando from Cuba, Roderick Navarro from Venezuela, and Luiz Phillips de Orleans e Bragança the Brazilian who says he is the descendant of the Portuguese king of 1889 (when Brazil became a republic) and therefore the Prince of Brazil. Other far-right politicians were invited to the summit, such as Chilean far-right candidate Jose Kast and former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.
The Sao Paulo Forum was launched by the Brazilian Workers Party (PT) to unite over 100 progressive and left-wing organizations to fight "for a new integration of Latin America," and against repressive dictatorships in the region.
The National Popular governments in Latin America started after Commander Hugo Chavez won the elections in Venezuela in 1998 and for at least a decade Latin America had around 14 progressive governments. Said governments took millions of people out of poverty, only to implement anti-neoliberal policies and invest governmental resources and redistributing wealth for the benefit of the large majorities of the countries. Only in Brazil did the PT lifted over 50 million people out of poverty, with the Bolsonaros being the most open rivals of the PT policies.